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Hometown:
New Braunfels, Texas

Years: 
1993 to 2004
Re-established 2008 to Present

Band Members: 
Lead Vocals:  Leigh Nash
Guitar, Song Writer: Matt Slocum
Bass: Justin Cary

Former Members:
Drums: Rob Micthell
Keys:  Jerry McFadden

Guitar: Sean Kelly

http://sixpence-ntr.com  

Discography:
2011: 
Strange Conversation
2008:  The Dawn of Grace (Christmas)
2005:  The Best of Sixpense NTR

2002:  Divine Discontent
1999:  Collage: Portrait of Their Best
1999:  Fatherless and the Widow
1997:  Sixpence None The Richer
1996:  Tickets for a Prayer Wheel
1995:  This Beautiful Mess

Record Label:
R.E.X. Music (1993 1995)
Flying Tart (1995 1996)
Squint Entertainment (1997 2001)
Reprise Records (2001 2004)
Credential Recordings (2009 Present)

Biography:
The story of Sixpence None the Richer is the tale of two remarkable people who both embraced culture and sought to shake it, leaving an indelible mark on the face of pop music.  Though many artists had sacrificed either their faith or their art for the sake of commercial success, Sixpence maintained a rare combination of artistic integrity and steadfast conviction in the wake of mass appeal, all the while unashamedly presenting a philosophy of faith that often left the watching world speechless.

The journey first began for vocalist Leigh Nash and songwriter/guitarist Matt Slocum, both of New Braunfels, Texas, with the release of their acclaimed but little-distributed debut, The Fatherless and the Widow (REX Records, 1994).   This sparsely-produced record startled critics with the way Nash perfectly owned Slocum's songwriting, breathing an effervescent life into each line as though it were her own. Already, Sixpence had found the combination of wrenching lyrical depth and brave vocals that would captivate thousands as the band's career progressed.

The band's 1995 follow-up, This Beautiful Mess, met with growing acclaim, but suffered from REX's demise shortly after its release.  Sixpence then found a welcome home in newly-formed indie-label Squint Entertainment, the brainchild of legendary producer Steve Taylor.  With a resolute commitment to introducing people everywhere to the band's music, Squint prepared to launch the momentous album that would move Sixpence into its spotlit pop center.

First released in 1997, Sixpence None the Richer spent more than a year on shelves before its winsome love song, "Kiss Me," landed on the soundtrack to Miramax Film's "She's All That."  Seemingly overnight, Sixpence found themselves with the #1 pop song in the U.S., as "Kiss Me" became the most-played song in 11 countries and topped VH1's "Video Countdown."  The GRAMMY-nominated sonnet appeared on sitcoms and soaps, and landed the band on Leno, Letterman, and morning talk's crown jewels as well.  Even England's royal family couldn't resist the single's charms, playing the song for over 200 million viewers at Prince Edward's 1999 wedding.

In due time, Sixpence followed that success with its cover of the La's hit "There She Goes," adding an eleventh-hour recording of the song to its soon-to-be platinum-selling project.  Establishing Sixpence as a legitimate "Breakthrough Artist," according to R&R Magazine, the song became a Top 10 pop single and video in its own right. More television and movie appearances followed, including a cover of Sam Phillips' "I Need Love" for the Here On Earth soundtrack (Twentieth Century Fox), NBC's Today Presents: The Best of the Summer Concert Series ("Us"), and original worship choruses for the compilation albums Exodus ("Brighten My Heart") and Streams ("Breathe"), along with many others.

After a break up in the mid 2000's, Sixpence NTR is back with Credential Recordings for a 2008 Christmas album and a 2011 release called Strange Conversation.


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